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Moving on


I am having to make some major adjustments to my life at the moment and it would appear that this virus could go on for 6 months.  Not just the 1 month I had anticipated.  Firstly, purchase of goods.  As we live on an island and most businesses will not deliver to us and when they do the cost of delivery can cost more than the goods purchased.  Here is an example.  I am merrily stitching my Quaker sampler and find that the new white thread is not the same as the one I started stitching with.  I bought it just before we decided to stay at home.  So, on-line to get the right one.  Cost of the postage turns out to be more than the cost of the thread and if I returned the thread  I originally purchased I would have to pay postage on that as well.  Just have to put up with this one as I have already stitched more than half of the piece.

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Now may be the time to finish some of that knitting.  The weather is a bit cooler and I could get some things finished ready to start on that huge stash of wool.

My to-do list of sewing needs to be adjusted.  The 24 gifts I was sewing for Easter can not be delivered, so these are going onto the Xmas list.  I will have tons of time to finish those.  (I hope those are not famous last words.)

There is no delivery of groceries.  "We do not deliver to the islands" is the standard reply.  I have managed to find a butcher but the order may not all come because of demand and I have to wait 2 weeks for delivery.  As a group of residents we tried to arrange "click and collect" from the supermarket, but that has been suspended, so it looks as though we will have to travel to the mainland.  Many of our residents are elderly or ill and this will put them at risk. The clothing companies and some patchwork places have a better set up, but I have plenty of those things.

Secondly, setting up video links with friends.  You can not imagine how many different programs there are.  I have Skype but others want Face-time or Zoom or whatever.  I seem to have managed to get them all set up now but downloading different programs that use different audio and cameras has taken a few days to sort out.  Next is setting up a schedule to talk to people, that is a mine field!  Not to mention that you have to watch the time of day, if you are presentable or if they ring when you are in the bathroom.  I always thought this one would be a problem, from back when talking to others through a camera was science fiction, back in the 1960's.

I have to adjust to my husband being under feet ALL the time.  He is one of those people who can not stay still.  He keeps mowing the lawns, gardening, driving around the island and generally driving me crazy.

So as you can see a bit of adjustment is needed and I have to wait for that thread to come.  Where is that knitting?


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Yes, a great deal of adjustment will be needed. I do hope the grocers get themselves organised to get food to you!

Carolyn Foley

All the islands are in the same predicament. We will all work together and get it sorted.

Sent from my iPhone

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